December 2020, Volume 4
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UDSA jobs available
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Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center
Executive Director
591 Main St., Quincy

Sierra Hospice
Inventory Associate
Part-time · $12/hour
684 Main St., Chester

NAPA Auto Parts - Northern California
Counterperson, Delivery Driver - Chester Auto Parts
Full-time. 445 Main St., Chester

OLAH CONSTRUCTION has openings for carpenters.
Pay based on experience. Must have reliable transportation.
Call 258.4810 for more information. 

Dollar General
Sales Associate, Chester
376 Main St., Chester

Alliance for Workforce Development 
Accounting Technician 

Sierra Institute,Taylorsville
Rural Community Development Project Specialist
Start January 2021. 
HVAC Installer

Seneca Healthcare District 
Check out openings

Best Western Rose Quartz Inn
Job Opening


Stuff You Should Know

Some Holiday Facts ‘n Figures to Impress Family & Friends

  1. If you gave all the gifts listed in the Twelve Days of Christmas, it would equal 364 gifts.
  2. Brenda Lee recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” when she was only 13 years old. (Only interesting if you know who Brenda Lee is!)
  3. Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  4. America’s first batch of eggnog was made in the Jamestown settlement in 1607. Its name comes from the word “grog”, meaning any drink made with rum. 
  5. The Montgomery Ward department store created Rudolph the Reindeer as a marketing gimmick to encourage children to buy their Christmas coloring books. 

More Stuff: 

Read Past Town Chatters

Community Meeting Times

Plumas News Weekly Updates

Plumas County Health COVID Updates

Sierra Small Business Development Center Free Trainings & Workshops

Seneca Healthcare District Administers First COVID-19 Vaccines

Chelssa Outland, PIO

On December 21st, Seneca Healthcare District (SHD) started to administer the first doses of COVID-19 vaccination. As of yesterday, 12 healthcare workers at SHD received the vaccination and it is anticipated that approximately 48 vaccines will have been administered by Friday.

“California's COVID-19 vaccination plan is happening in several phases: limited doses available; larger number of doses available; and sufficient supply of doses for entire population.” The release of the national COVID-19 vaccine is in initial stages with limited supply. Skilled Nursing Facilities and Healthcare workers are the first group to receive the vaccine according to California Department of Public Health (CDPH) phase 1a recommendations. CDPH has determined first doses will be given to those at risk of exposure in the healthcare setting, including non-clinical roles; residents of skilled-nursing; medically vulnerable individuals; paramedics and others providing emergency medical services.

The date for community vaccination is not available at this time, but will follow in the months ahead. We anticipate being able to offer the vaccines to the community once supply and availability of the vaccine increases. This will follow with appropriate public health guidelines. During this time, it is important that community members remain vigilant about following CDC guidelines for social distancing as SHD helps to vaccinate a greater percentage of the population.

If you have any questions or concerns about incidental exposure, please contact the Plumas County COVID-19 informational phone line at (530) 283-6400 or send an e-mail to

For additional information on COVID-19 vaccinations:

About Us

Chamber Board Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Chamber office at 278 Main Street. All are welcome. Zoom is available.

The Chamber's Community Calendar is open to all. CLICK HERE. Go to the bottom of the page and look for SUBMIT HERE.
Lake Almanor Area Chamber
278 Main St., Chester
P.O. Box 1098  96020

BLOW-OFF 2020 and BLAST-IN 2021

Join your community and celebrate the end of a most challenging year while welcoming 2021 with a firework display on New Year’s Eve at 9pm at the Rogers Field. Chester Elks will be facilitating the parking inside the airport for a minimum $10 donation per car, which will go toward the fireworks. The Elks have also volunteered to pick up any debris left on the runway on New Year’s Day and welcome additional assistance. Thank you to our wonderful Elks members who do so much for Chester and always come through when needed! 

Thank you to our newest fireworks sponsors, Carla and Terry Parsons, Mike Rue and Lake Almanor Brokers. To support the fireworks, you can purchase a 2020 sweatshirt at or drop off a donation at B & B Booksellers 278 Main Street, mail it to Lake Almanor Chamber, P.O. Box 1198, Chester 96020, or use the DONATE button below

Meet new Co-Editors of the Town Chatter

Layout/Design, Bex Pezzullo, owner of Sincere Cider
and Editor, Katherine Sansone, SANSONE+ PR & MARKETING.

Susan and Chelssa have enjoyed doing the newsletter but with all that we have going on, we are happy to hand it off. Have a story? Updates? Please email

Progress Continues to Promote Tourism in Region

One of the major goals of The Feather River Tourism Association (FRTA) is to “beef-up business” particularly during the fall and winter seasons to make our area a 12-month out-of-the year destination. In order to so this, the FRTA has engaged the services of SMG Consulting that specializes in strategic and tactical solutions to clients within the tourism-driven hospitality sectors. The first step is to identify what makes our area unique beyond just physical attributes that will excite guests, i.e., tourists, to come visit – again and again and again.

The owner of SMG, Carl Robado says, “Though the area offers beautiful lakes, streams and forests, these things are not unique to Northern California destinations competing for tourism dollars.  What makes a region unique is its culture, or its vibe. People connect to a place when they have memorable moments.  It is these experiences that capture a visitor and makes him or her want to return.”

So, what exactly is our “vibe?” Is it the type of people you meet? The things that are available to do with family and friends?  Is it how you feel when you are here?  This is the question we will be asking of various sectors of our community in the months to come.  Let us know your thoughts about the “vibe” that is Chester/Lake Almanor.

For more information about FRTA go to or email

The Feather River Tourism Association (FRTA), a 501c6 non-profit, is the organization designated to manage the funds that will be raised by the Feather River Tourism Management District (FRTMD). The Board of Directors of FRTA are Susan Bryner, Sharon Roberts and Todd Geer, representing the Lake Almanor Basin, Jeff Titcomb, representing Indian Valley, Janice Hamon and Shelley Hunter, representing Quincy/Bucks Lake and Karen Kleven, at large.

A Letter and Request United States Chamber of Commerce

Chamber friends:

As negotiations progress on the next round of pandemic relief, we encourage you all, once again, to weigh in with your congressional representatives.  Please see the links and information below on how you and your members can urge Congress to pass bipartisan pandemic relief before year’s end. Reinforcing the urgent need for federal relief is our latest Q4 Small Business Index (in section 3 below), which alarmingly finds growing anxiety and pessimism among small business owners.  

Thanks much and please let us know if you have any questions.

Jennings Imel / Vartan Djihanian

Western Regional Office

U.S. Chamber of Commerce /

Office: 818-884-0702

A Fit Gift

Gift certificates are available at Lake Almanor Fitness to give that New Year’s resolution a gentle push . . . or shove, whatever it takes!  

Kelly is also offering through December 31, 2020, 15% off month-to-month memberships. With your membership, you receive a one-hour training session to create a 12-week Fitness Program, assessments of body composition, Basal Metabolic Rate, and Body Mass Index. Every 12-weeks your program will be re-evaluated to make any adjustments to keep you aligned with your fitness and health goals. A great deal and an even better way to start out 2021!

For more information, call Kelly at 530.258.3900, email or come by 160 Cedar Street in Chester.


Regular hours of operation:
Monday through Friday 5am to 9pm/Saturday 7am to 1pm/Sunday closed

Holiday Hours:
Christmas and New Year’s Eve 5am to 5pm
Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day

Trip the Lights Fantastic

The perfect outing for the family! Many of our residences and stores have gotten into the holiday spirit by setting their homes, shops, and businesses "ablaze" with colorful lights, animated characters, and Christmas music.  If and your elves "lit-up" your place, please add the address to our Christmas Map by emailing to 

View the Digital Map

A Cold Morning Feeding

John Crotty

Fish Pens at Hamilton Branch

Almanor Fishing, Weather & Lake Report

John Crotty, Almanor Fishing Association

The Lake level has risen slightly over the past week and we finally have some snow on the ground with a slight chance of snow towards the end of the week. Perhaps a White Christmas? Daytime temps have been mild reaching into the 40’s and nighttime lows dipping into the high teens. Water temp and clarity remain unchanged from last week’s report. 

Fishing pressure has been light. I fished yesterday and did well, landing a nice mix of Browns and Bows. We did catch a dozen of the recently planted Browns. The Browns were planted at Canyon Dam and we caught them all the way up to Dorado Inn. They are between 8 and 10 inches long and in great shape. We also caught a few larger fish, hot orange Arctic Fox trolling flies, 15’ on the wire at 1.5 mph was our top producer.  Rapalas and gulp’s (pond smelt) also picked up a few fish. We started at the dam and trolled along the east shore fishing up to Dorado catching fish the entire way.

Bank fishing the coves around the dam is producing mostly smaller fish, with an occasional adult. We need a change in the weather to get bigger fish to move into the coves. Power bait and crawlers are the top producers. 

Our roadways are clear and the Canyon Dam boat ramp is open with the dock in place. The ramp can be slick when multiple boats are launching in the early am. The restrooms are open; there is no garbage service at the ramp. 

2020 Stink, Stank, & Stunk Says the Grinch

Coming down from Harkness Mountain, we invite you to come to see the Grinch’s Lair in Lights. 

Please stay in your vehicles and give him a wave!
December 23, 2020, 5:30 to 7:30pm
182 Carol Avenue, Chester

Assemblywoman Dahle co-authors Legislation to Comprehensively Reform EDD

The Assembly Republican Caucus partners to provide the solution to EDD’s woeful performance throughout the pandemic.
Assemblywoman Dahle announced her co-authorship of five bills introduced on the first day of the new legislative session that seek to reform the Employment Development Department (EDD). This comes after months of backlog within the EDD, struggles with fraud affecting an estimated 350,000 Californians’ Bank of America UI debit cards, and evidence of mass fraud involving federal, state and county inmates who have scammed an estimated $2 billion in fraudulent UI claims.
“Despite many opportunities to rectify systemic problems, EDD has failed to follow through, thus, it is time for the legislature to step in. I am proud to co-author these five bills, which will go a long way towards improving the EDD’s system of processing and distributing UI benefits. This is essential to ensure Californians can provide for their families and begin the process of recovery from the current pandemic,” said Assemblywoman Dahle, who is co-authoring the legislative package along with her fellow Assembly Republicans.

  • AB 24: Requires EDD to make UI eligibility determinations within 30 days of receipt of a claim, or within 15 days following requested follow-up information from the claimant, and to notify the claimant in advance if EDD will be unable to meet either deadline.
  • AB 12: Requires EDD to cease including full social security numbers in mailings to UI claimants.
  • AB 23: Requires EDD to begin cross-checking UI claims information with state and county correctional inmate data.
  • AB 42: Provides that it is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish an advisory committee on unemployment insurance within EDD that is composed of members who represent stakeholders, and that has meeting and annual reporting requirements.
  • AB 8: Gives claimants the right to choose direct deposit instead of relying on a debit card to receive benefits.

On December 7, 2020, Assemblywoman Dahle partnered with Assembly member Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) in authoring a letter to Director Sharon Hilliard of the EDD and Secretary Kathleen Allison of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) regarding evidence of mass fraud among inmates receiving fraudulent UI claims. The letter urged immediate investigation, transparency to determine what went wrong and cooperation between law enforcement, the EDD, the CDCR and the legislature. As of December 15, 2020, the letter has gone unanswered.

Assemblywoman Megan Dahle represents the 1st Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes portions of Butte and Placer counties, along with Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, and Siskiyou counties.

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Town Chatter - December 2020, Volume 4